With the many affordable last minute ski holidays available, it's possible to be simply daydreaming about snow-covered slopes on a Wednesday and find yourself on a flight to the French Alps by Friday afternoon! But in the haste and excitement of getting away, it's all too easy to neglect to pack some vital items – and finding out you've forgotten your very expensive ski socks just as you're about to pull on your boots to hit the piste is not the ideal scenario. |
Replacing stuff you need while you're at a ski resort can prove highly inconvenient, not to mention very expensive – possibly even negating the savings you've made on your last minute ski holidays. To ensure you don't forget a thing, we've compiled a quick packing list that covers all the basics as well as a few luxuries you'll be thankful for. You're welcome!
Essential Travel Basics
Check this section, check it twice, and then check it again. Even the best-laid travel plans can turn to disaster if you leave home without:
Insurance documentation (you remembered insurance, right?) Passport, flight/train tickets, itinerary (including any onward transfers) Accommodation vouchers or details Map (or GPS) and drivers' licence, if you're getting a rental car
A disclaimer: this section doesn't claim to be an online fashion stylist - how good you look is entirely down to you! These are the apparel basics you'll need to stay comfortable and warm, so those floral salopettes tucked away in the back of your wardrobe are optional extras in addition to:
Good quality waterproof ski jacket and pants Thermal tops and bottoms Best quality you can afford thermal mittens or gloves Beanie and neck warmer Multiple pairs of best quality non-ribbed socks Thermal beanie or hat Fleece (two, if space allows)
Essential Ski Equipment
This part of the list will depend on just how serious you are about your skiing. If you're planning on renting the essentials you can skip the obvious ones, but if you're a die-hard pro with your own gear don't forget these items or you'll be lining up at the hire shop with everyone else:
Skis and poles, or snowboard (packed appropriately in a professional ski bag) Ski boots (or snowboard boots) Helmet Sunglasses and goggles Off piste safety equipment such as probe, shovel, and transceiver Sturdy rucksack and water bottle Swiss army knife or similar multi-tool
The next most important thing to bagging one of those excellent last minute ski holidays is being able to tell all your friends back home just what an awesome time you're having! If you don't text, Facebook, tweet, Insta or pin it, did it really happen?
Mobile phone (fully-loaded with apps, photo filters and your favourite music) Charger, charger, charger! Camera (if your phone's just not that smart) Local sim card Electrical appliance adaptor Headphones
Optional (or Essential) Luxuries
If you're certain you've packed all the essentials, budge up a little room in your suitcase and you might be able to squeeze in a few luxuries like:
Travel pillow and slippers (you know you want to) Boot warmers (although check that your chalet doesn't already provide one) Hand warmers Walkie-talkies for some fun off-piste James Bond action
Use this list as a basis for your packing (which doesn't take into account personal items like toiletries and clothes, of course) and you've got all the essentials covered – even if booking one of the great last minute ski holidays has only left you 48 hours to pack!
Belinda Smythson works for Ski Amis, a specialist ski travel agency and booking service that has been helping avid skiers craft their perfect winter holiday for over a quarter of a century. If you're looking for last minute ski holidays in the Three Valleys, Paradiski, Espace Killy or Chamonix Valley, Ski Amis is the go-to company for winter sports fans searching for the holiday of a lifetime.
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